A new treatment involving the use of pressurised oxygen is being pioneered at one of Europe's leading rehabilitation
Castle Craig, a rehab clinic in Scotland, is also to become a global resource on the use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT).
Researchers from Edinburgh University have already studied the innovative procedure, which can be used as an aid in cancer treatment and to boost healing from conditions such as MRSA and multiple sclerosis.
Peter McCann, chairman at Castle Craig Hospital, said: "HBOT is a new type of therapy offered at Castle Craig - our own research is still in the early stages and, as far as I am aware, no other clinics or hospitals treating addictions in the UK are offering this treatment."
He added that promoting the treatment and "realising its potential" would become crucial if the maximum number or patients were to benefit.
HBOT involves patients spending around 60 minutes at a time in a chamber where they breathe pressurised pure oxygen.
The chamber allows ten times the normal amount of oxygen to be dissolved in the bloodstream, which can help white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduce swelling and speed up the recovery of damaged tissue.